- Community and Disability Services Ministers' Conference
Thank you for signing the National Student Concession Card Petition.
The Petition was provided to Community and Disability Services Ministers Conference on 21 October 2011.
A communique from the meeting of community and disability service ministers said national recognition of concessions had been discussed, and it was "recognised that this was an important issue for students across Australia".
"State and territory ministers agreed to establish an inter-jurisdictional working group to consider the reciprocal recognition of student concessions, and sought the involvement of officials with responsibility for school and tertiary education and transport in the working group."
The purpose of the petition is to raise support for a National Student Concession Card.
The reciprocal recognition of student concessions is a problem facing all students.
A National Student Concession Card is important because:
1. Students do not have universal access to concessions schemes (such as student public transport concessions) outside their home state;
2. A national concession scheme exists for those holding a senior or pensioner cards but currently nothing similar exists for primary, secondary and tertiary students;
3. The card would offer students another form of identity to use other than a state government issued ‘Proof of Age’ card. This is important as some student cards are very basic, vary in form and are not recognised as formal identification;
4. The card may be able to provide students with a range of third party benefits from students services, and potential recognition for Australian students travelling internationally.
We, the undersigned, call on Community Services Ministers from all Australian Governments, responsible for concessions, to agree to develop a National Concession Card for Students similar to the National Agreement on Certain Concessions for Pensioners and Seniors Card Holders.
The A National Student Concession Card petition to Community and Disability Services Ministers' Conference was written by Anonymous and is in the category Students' Rights at GoPetition.